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Tire blowout results in the death of two J. Ambrogi Foods employees, four critically injured

After a passenger van carrying J. Ambrogi Foods employees crashed into a tree along a south New Jersey road, investigators have revealed what they believe to be the cause of the horrific tragedy – a tire blowout. The accident resulted in the deaths of two passengers and the critical injuries of four more. Among the deceased are 28-year-old Romulo De La Craz, the driver, and passenger 47-year-old Norma Santiago. Officials say that it was supposed to be Santiago’s first day on the job with J. Ambrogi Foods. According to New Jersey State Police, the investigation has revealed that the van’s ... Read More

Royal baby’s first car ride becomes a lesson in proper infant car seat restraint

Child safety advocates and followers of the Royal Family were shocked when some of the first pictures of the U.K.’s new prince emerged showing baby George, the future king, improperly fastened in his car seat on his very first car ride. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge introduced Prince George to the public at St. Mary’s hospital on July 23. They then put him in the back of their black Range Rover and drove off. After press pictures of the event were published, some immediately took note of the baby’s potentially unsafe seating arrangement. Child care and safety experts ... Read More

Easter pileup kills three, injures dozens on Virginia highway

Three people were killed and at least 25 others were injured in a traffic pileup involving nearly 100 vehicles in southwestern Virginia near the North Carolina border Easter Sunday. The series of collisions occurred on Interstate 77 southbound in southwest Virginia, starting around 1:15 p.m. The Associated Press reported that Virginia State Police investigating the massive pileup determined that there were 17 separate crashes involving 95 vehicles. The crashes occurred in a mountainous region near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain when there was heavy fog in the area. An American Red Cross worker in Galax, Virginia, told the AP ... Read More

Ford introduces ‘hands-free’ texting feature to all new vehicle models

Ford Motor Company announced it is installing a new safety feature in many vehicle models that will read text messages aloud to drivers and allow them to respond hands-free with a limited number of pre-written messages. This feature is provided as part of the SYNC system in all new model vehicles and as a software update in older vehicles with the SYNC system in them. Many drivers will no doubt find the SYNC feature convenient to use behind the wheel, but the technology’s main purpose is to help drive down the number of distracted drivers. Little did cell phone developers ... Read More

Research finds most teen drivers crash from inexperience, undeveloped skills

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and a number of safety organizations and agencies across the country are working to boost awareness and understanding of the specific dangers that teens face when they get behind the wheel. Year after year, more teenagers are involved in traffic crashes than any other group of people in the United States, and studies have shown that the most dangerous time for teens is in the weeks and months that they drive unsupervised after obtaining a license. According to the AAA’s research, teen drivers are about 50 percent more likely to crash in ... Read More

Alabama family receives $40 million in defective seatbelt case

A Mobile County, Alabama, jury has awarded $40 million to the family of a teenage girl who was killed when the seatbelts in her vehicle failed to restrain her in a 2004 car crash. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed against Kia, Kia Motors America, and Korean seatbelt manufacturer Celtrion for failing to recall vehicles that they knew had a very dangerous safety defect. On July 4, 2004, the victim was driving the 1999 Kia Sephia that her father had given to her for her 16th birthday just weeks before the crash. Before he gave the vehicle to his daughter, the ... Read More

Young artist makes miraculous recovery after being hit by 18-wheeler

On October 8, 2010, 21-year-old Emilie Gossiaux’s life changed in an instant. A painter and sculptor whose life was filled with light and color, Ms. Gossiaux’s world plunged into darkness and silence after she was struck by an 18-wheel semi truck while riding her bike near her home in Brooklyn, New York. The truck had been attempting a right turn when it collided with Ms. Gossiaux. The damage was extensive and doctors at the Manhattan hospital where she was taken didn’t pin too much hope on her recovery. Ms. Gossiaux suffered from multiple fractures to her head, pelvis, and leg. ... Read More

Unhitched trailer kills young couple on South Carolina interstate

A South Carolina couple was killed in a tragic chain-reaction crash after a trailer became unhitched from a pickup truck on I-85 Southbound, according to Spartanburg, South Carolina’s WPSA. South Carolina State Troopers said that the accident occurred near mile marker 23 in Anderson County, about 6 miles north of Anderson, South Carolina. Thirty-four-year-old Sajid M. Pirani of Spartanburg was driving a 2000 Honda minivan with his wife Shirin Sajid Pirani, 33, and their two children, ages 6 and 3, in the back seat. Witness Johnny Estrich told WSPA that he noticed “something strange about the pick-up truck pulling the ... Read More

Court upholds $5.08 million jury verdict in defective Jeep case

A Louisiana state appeals court ruled to uphold the 2008 jury award of $5.08 million to a couple whose unborn son was fatally injured when the family’s 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee slipped into reverse and crushed the expectant mother’s midsection against a brick column. DaimlerChrysler, the parent company of Jeep, said the jury award was excessive and appealed the case. The automaker also complained that the judge who presided over the trial made several errors. However, on September 24, a three-judge panel in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected both of the company’s claims and ruled to uphold the ... Read More

Safety researchers say texting bans may be causing accidents

Although U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been working furiously to make texting behind the wheel illegal in all 50 states, a study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HDLI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), suggests the anti-texting laws are not yet helping to drive down accident rates. In fact, according to HDLI, evidence collected in four states (California, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Washington) where texting bans have been adopted reveal that the new laws are actually associated with a slight increase in the number of traffic collisions. Researchers compared their findings to collision-related insurance ... Read More